Building Connections – A Tour to China

April 19 – May 5, 2013

This trip is designed for SPIRAL families and friends. It aims to tour China and visit schools and families of the students who came to Vermont. During the trip, we will visit five cities and cruise down the Yangtze River to visit the Three Gorges and the controversial Gorge Dam that was built a few years ago. The five cities are: Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing and Shanghai. In Beijing, we will see the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Hutong and the Temple of Heaven. In Xi’an we will see Terracotta Solders and Imperial Pool. In Chengdu and Chongqing, besides the regular site seen, we will have a chance to visit schools of the students who came to New England in the summer, meet their parents and have the students show us their hometown. After cruise, we will visit Shanghai, the center for Chinese economic development.

Details of the Trip:

Maximum people: 30
Minimum people: 15

Price: $2,980 (USD)


  • 15 day travel within China
  • Cruise on the Yangze River
  • Lodging, meals, activities and entertainments

Not Cover:

  • Round trip international ticket
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa application fees
  • Voluntary gratuities to travel guides

What do you need for the trip:

Passport: Passport application process takes about 8 weeks

Visa: Visa application needs to be submitted to the Chinese Consulate in person or by a visa agency. For information:

Deposit: Deposit: $750 by March 1, 2013

Refund Policy: 50% refund for the cancellation due to family or personal emergency. No refund after the departure.

Payment: Paid in full by April 1, 2013. 

Checks payable: Vermont Peace Academy

Send to:
Association for Global Cultural Connections
Vermont Peace Academy
70 Farrington Parkway
Burlington, Vermont 05408

For Further Information:

Contact Person: Sara Denny at 802 540 0305 or
via e-mail:


Friday, April 19
Morning: Departure from Burlington Airport

Saturday, April 20
Arrival: Check in a hotel

Sunday, April 21
Morning: Tian’an Men Square, Forbidden City
Afternoon: Pedi-cab and Hutong Beijing traditional residential area.
Evening: Dinner

Monday, April 22
Morning: Great Wall, Spiritual Road
Afternoon: Return to Beijing
Evening:  Dinner and rest

Tuesday, April 23
Morning: Leave for Xi’an
Noon: Check in a hotel
Afternoon: Visit Imperial Pool of Qing Hua
Evening: Dinner and see a performance

Wednesday, April 24
Morning: Terracotta Soldiers
Afternoon: Leave for Chengdu (by train?)

Thursday, April 25
Morning: Fly to Chengdu. Arrive at Chengdu, check in a hotel,
Afternoon: Visit ESC Chengdu Office. Visit the middle schools that students came to New England in the summer
Evening: Dinner with students and their parents.

Friday, April 26
Morning: Visit Sanxingdui Museum
Afternoon: Visit Kuan Zhai Alley
Evening: Tea party and Performance of Chuan Opera

Saturday, April 27
Morning: Visit Panda Nursery
Afternoon: Visit Chunxilu Commons.
Evening: Leave for Chongqing by train, check in at hotel

Sunday, April 28
Morning: and visit ESC Chongqing headquarters, Stilwell Museum, and Fly Tiger Museum.
Afternoon: Visit school and students who came to VT for summer camp.
Evening: Dinner with students and parents.  Free time.

Monday, April 29
Morning:  Visit Dazu Rock Carvings
Afternoon: Visit the commons on the Liberation Road
Evening: Watch street dancing at the People’s Square

Tuesday, April 30
Morning: Visit Garden Museum
Afternoon: Visit the ancient town of Ciqikou
Evening: Get on Yangtze River Cruise to Yichang for a three day cruise trip.

Wednesday, May 1
Morning: Visit Three Gorges and Fengdu City
Afternoon: Visit Temple of Zhang Fei
Evening: On Cruise

Thursday, May 2
Morning: Visit an ancient city of White Emperor
Afternoon: Visit Little three Gorges.
Evening: On Cruise

Friday, May 3
Morning: Cruise down to the Three Gorges
Afternoon: Visit Three Gorge Dam, then reach Yichang.
Evening: Leave for Shanghai

Saturday, May 4
Morning: Visit downtown Shanghai, Chenghuang Temple
Afternoon: Visit Yu Garden

Sunday, May 5
Morning: Bund and Nanjing Road
Afternoon: Check out and leave for Airport